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Google Voice is an awesome service that enables free callings to USA and Canada and has got affordable rates for rest of world..From last few days, I am getting Google Voice’s Call button in my gmail chat window. As Google Voice is not officially launched in India, this service keeps on coming and vanishing randomly..
I captured some xmpp stanzas using my xmpp bot –
got <presence from=”firstname.lastname@example.org/gmail.D63F1C6C” to=”email@example.com/0A882B52” id=”4″>
<caps:c node=”http://mail.google.com/xmpp/client/caps” ver=”1.1″ ext=”pmuc-v1 sms-v1 video-v1 voice-v1″ xmlns:caps=”http://jabber.org/protocol/caps“/>
DEBUG: dispatcher ok Got jabber:client/presence stanza
DEBUG: dispatcher ok Dispatching presence stanza with type-> props->[u’jabber:client’, u’http://jabber.org/protocol/caps‘, u’vcard-temp:x:update’] id->4
DEBUG: roster ok Setting roster item firstname.lastname@example.org for resource gmail.D63F1C6C…
I have got some screenshots, but i will save them for later stages.
I am not sure if Google is just testing Google Voice promo in India..i believe its launch in india will radically change the voice and mobile market..
Dear google, please free us from the tyranny of mobile companies… 😉 😛
The Telecom regulator in India, TRAI on Monday allowed ISPs to offer unrestricted internet telephony services, a move that will further boost competition in the domestic long distance segment and lower STD tariffs.
“It is envisaged that customers will ultimately benefit from cost effective and innovative internet telephony service.
These recommendations will put Indian telecom sector in tune with global trends. The grey market tendencies shall be curtailed,” TRAI said in a statement.
As per the TRAI recommendations, the STD service providers would be connected to ISPs through public internet for the purpose and the two service providers would have mutual agreement for the same.
The move will permit calls from personal computers to fixed line and mobile phones. Currently, a voice call can travel between two computers but not from a mobile or a fixed phone. This is expected to open huge channels of revenues for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
The Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), a technical arm of Department of Telecom, will work out the number plan for the ISPs to enable them to offer telephone services.
“Telephone numbers from identified blocks shall be allocated to ISPs, Unified Access Service Providers, BasicService Providers and Cellular Mobile Service Providers for internet telephony,” TRAI said.
With a view to make internet telephony secure, TRAI said, all ISPs interested to provide unrestricted internet telephony would install “Lawful Interception” equipments. Usually, that would mean that the government or law enforcement agencies will be able to monitor anyone, good to prevent terrorist conversations, but potentially seen as a invasion on privacy..Further, voice grade communication requires strict QoS control and it also needs good broadband penetration among people..Given the policy of calling 256 kbps as broadband in India, I doubt whether there will be real mass appeal to this scheme. Lets see..
I am happy with my new Broadband offering me 2Mbps, but I am not satisfied with the initial download limit they have imposed for the starter plan.
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CDMA services provider Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) is taking the tariff war to a new turf with the launch of low-end handsets priced around Rs 2,000 with internet connection. The company will charge around Rs 100 per month for its services, the lowest in the country for browsing the Net over mobile phones, compared with the existing tariffs of around Rs 500 per month charged by other service providers. The Tata group company has entered into a tie-up with Opera Mini, a global mobile browser developer, and CDMA software major Qualcomm for the chipset. Initially, the service would be available on Huawei 2900i, priced at Rs 1,999 and other low-end handsets that would be rolled out by the company. At present, internet services are also available on Samsung Explore, which is priced at Rs 5,499. “This would be cheapest internet connection over mobile phones in India, if not in the world,” added Sethi. An unlisted company, TTSL is adding around 1 million customers per month and, at present, has over 20 million subscribers across 22 circles in the country. Industry analysts said this would be the cheapest internet service even though firms such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and BPL Mobile provide internet over mobile phones, the lowest rates would hover around Rs 400 per month.
Even though we wont expect decent broadband on demand very soon, nevertheless it will prove a good effort by Tatas to take internet access to almost every strata of society, where many people lack even the most basic telephony service. Between the spectrum allocation issues, its intresting to find what the future will hold for Indian telephone industry.
According to Wall Street Journal, this is the 10th year since the first blog came to life..thats quite an incredible fact.
Blogging has got several advantages
1. It allows people to create web content that people can read and comment on
2. It also made use of RSS (web site syndication), and also introduced several new concepts like podcasting, content management, social networks, news feeds etc.
3. Arguably, one can say that true digital democracy exists today primarily due to blogs people read and people write. Infact there have been several instances where there were heated discussions of bloggers being ‘failed’ journalist, but anyway, todays bloggers have got far more awareness as far as content quality is concerned.
4. Blogging forms the first successful step in Web 2.0 revolution.
Lets know something more about the blokes who began this revolution.
1. Dave Winer, 52, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
(From scripting.com, quite a good read, but dont worry if you fail to understand some of the post content)
2. Jorn Bargar is the father of the term ‘weblog’ which was actually a joint word of ‘Web Log’, when he began the first blog of internet history –The Robot Wisdom.
3.The next mentioning blog is BoingBoing. Boing Boing (originally bOING bOING) is a publishing entity, first established as a magazine, later becoming an award winning group blog.
4. Curiously, I find that a blog going by a title ‘icanhascheezburger‘ is always at the top of WordPress blogs most of the time, I am not too sure what this thing means, but its certain that people visit that blog more times then they visit mine…I rarely visit that blog, but the curious ones can try it out 😛
This is what the blog owner says
I Can Has Cheezburger is a site that gathers, organizes, tags, and captions what we hope is the most funny and slightly weird pictures of lolcats and lol* (other animals) from the Internet. We also receive user submissoins, and we caption some (tag = wemadesit!). Many of the earlier images on this site were found around the internet and forums (there are hundreds of forums where this meme has grown outside of its original context such as fark, fazed, vwforums, gpforums) — we attribute as much information as is available, however due to the nature of the internet, anonymity, the inability to locate the creators of a picture, and sourcing info our information may be incomplete, or flawed.
There are more interesting blogs and sites, I will continue adding here, but later…till then,
Theres a strange aura about Apple iPhone, theres so much to write about it, people outside America are madly waiting to lay their hands on this wonderful amalgamation between a Apple Macintosh + mobil phone + iPod + PDA + fragile design + hype.
How about winning this incredible device for free without answering freaky questions, without solving ridiculous puzzles, without stealing, or dropping dead? A comparatively new, lesser known web 2.0 review company-Rev2 is giving away iPhones for free, over here. Hard to believe, but theres no reason why one shouldent try to win this thing, after all, its the iPhone, the real iPhone we all non Americans, Asians have been waiting for.
Apple definately must be happy seeing the way iPhones were sold out however there were some reports of slow activation, delayed starts, non replacable SIM cards by AT&T, but thats all, apart from this there hasent been any major hassle of any sort.
Many people are curious to know when the Apple iPhone is to be launched in India/Asia, I think Apple should try coming here early, else this market will be captured by Treo, Nokia N series, Motorola, and Sony Erricson multemedia devices.
Umm…the future looks awesome, hope for some more goddy. Dont forget this cool site giving an Apple iPhone for free. Rev2.org indeed is having lots of guts, and mind you, theres no big sites thats offering this scheme as of now. Good luck.
From the past few days theIndian media is in all sorts of frenzy, displaying the news and reports telling that Indian government has instructed CERT India to ‘ban’ Orkut access primarily because,
1. Indian authorities believe that Orkut allowes creation of flame communities that pack enough ammunation to set cities on fire and a punch that hurts the fragile ego of icon worshippers.
2. Orkut is a place where loners waste their bandwidth hunting for girls, their personal details, a photograph or pieces of vital info.
3. Orkuts a facinating place where you can abuse anyone, yes anyone, ranging from George Dubya Bush to the local administration without the fear of getting in line of fire. Although too much abusing or ranting can lead to your profile or community being marked as fake. But why bother , you can create plenty of fake accounts.
4. Orkut is also a place where one can secretly plan their next rave party without the cops noticing it.
Actually, I am not sure that this is what the government or authorities think of, but these all activites are being carried out on Orkut. No doubt about it. And I also know that the democratic government of India will try as little as possible to ‘ban’ it, afterall, the govt has so many daunting tasks ahead of them, be it the election of new president after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the Chinese theat claims over Arunachal Pradesh, the rising value of ruppee against the US dollor(Huh, isent this thing funny? The rise of ruppee against dollor is extremely conducive to the booming Indian economy, but is a warning bell for the cheap service industry that is the home of US BPOs etc. Strange ways of economy. What to lose and what to keep?)
On top of it, people get mad each time they discover that Orkut is being misused by sadistic outfits for achieving their targets. Orkut certainly gives a nice facility to create various groups and read a wide audience, but is it vitally necessary to get involved in Orkut to a level where we find it difficult to communication without the digital network? I mean the analog social network, the real one is much more good option.
Some reasons for Orkuts wide misuse
1. It allows creation of fake profiles and hate communities. Although theres provision for reporting it as bogus, the procedure isent foolproof. It can work either ways. Using this facility, someone can report a persons profile as bogus, even though that individual may be posting the truth. Who is to decide that the validity and quality of contents posted are in interest of community or no? Tough job, AI hasent reached this height as of now.
2. People have to learn to exist in digital world. Even if the digital world is limited to a few dark servers placed on unknown datacenters, the impact they cause on real lifes can be damaging. It cannot be blamed on any digital network. People carry their personality, their good, bad attributes, imperfections, ideologies where ever they go. When this happens, usually theres trouble, leading to unstability.
Inspite of everything, Orkut wont be ‘banned’, no one except the Chinese govt has the courage to ‘ban’ Google, but I still think that Orkut needs to be ‘blocked’ in offices, corporations, at place of work, school, colleges, government sections, public places etc. Doing this will be more feasible. Majority of well known companies block access to Orkut site, the reason is very simple – Dont want to distract the employees attention from work, and dont want to get into any legal trouble because of any employees miscreant activies.
In schools and colleges, we go to study and not surf the web. Its common sense. We dont want to expose students to ill effects of bad company.
So, that leaves us to homes. Yes, at home, we are free to do anything. Access Orkut from your home.
Moral of the story – Orkut cannot be ‘banned’ in India but it certainly can be ‘blocked’ by using proxy servers. Any digital social network can be a great tool to explore the world around us, but till the time we dont find a common unified way of understanding the ‘real’ world, we might face these problems forever.
And as usual, as far as I am concerned, I personally feel that there are lot of other problems in this world that need a top priority attention example – Global Warming, Rise of terrorist outfits etc. It makes little sense to quarrel and argue over a damm freaky Orkut.
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One of the most common ways to transport data from one computer to another is to write them onto magnetic tape or removable media (e.g., recordable DVDs), physically transport the tape or disks to the destination machine, and read them back in again. Although this method is not as sophisticated as using a geosynchronous communication satellite, it is often more cost effective, especially for applications in which high bandwidth or cost per bit transported is the key factor.
A simple calculation will make this point clear. An industry standard Ultrium tape can hold 200 gigabytes. A box 60 x 60 x 60 cm can hold about 1000 of these tapes, for a total capacity of 200 terabytes, or 1600 terabits (1.6 petabits). A box of tapes can be delivered anywhere in the United States in 24 hours by Federal Express and other companies. The effective bandwidth of this transmission is 1600 terabits/86,400 sec, or 19 Gbps. If the destination is only an hour away by road, the bandwidth is increased to over 400 Gbps. No computer network can even approach this.
For a bank with many gigabytes of data to be backed up daily on a second machine (so the bank can continue to function even in the face of a major flood or earthquake), it is likely that no other transmission technology can even begin to approach magnetic tape for performance. Of course, networks are getting faster, but tape densities are increasing, too.
If we now look at cost, we get a similar picture. The cost of an Ultrium tape is around $40 when bought in bulk. A tape can be reused at least ten times, so the tape cost is maybe $4000 per box per usage. Add to this another $1000 for shipping (probably much less), and we have a cost of roughly $5000 to ship 200 TB. This amounts to shipping a gigabyte for under 3 cents. No network can beat that. The moral of the story is:
Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.
Finally its there. The ‘Unwiring Pune’ project has kicked off.. This new wirefree access utilizes WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) and Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) technologies to equip Pune with high-speed wireless internet. Wireless connectivity will allow people to access the Internet through a laptop or personal digital assistant (PDA), sans the need for cables. WiMAX is claimed to be the most cost-efficient way of building wireless data networks and a means to link people over large distances for “last mile” connectivity and bridging the digital divide. Taking a leap over Bangalore and Hyderabad, Pune will become the first Indian city to have a high-speed wireless Internet network even before the Centre’s much-awaited spectrum policy is announced. Initially Pune did had a demo of wireless internet access on Walking Plaza, but today, this project has finally taken off in grand style. Streaming, broadband access and that too with ease and convinience is sure to rock Pune. Imagine the power of Broadband without the hassles of wires..
What more can I say? Its true that Pune was coming in news for all the wrong reasons(rave parties, orkut misuse etc), but now I think that this news makes one feel good….Similar kind of service is provided by the search engine giant Google in San Francisco. Now we are at par with the developed regions in some departments, if not all, but that shouldent stop us from being happy..
Q. What is WiMAX?
A. WiMAX (World Interoperability for Microwave Access), based on the IEEE 802.16 standard, is expected to enable true broadband speeds over wireless networks at a cost point to enable mass market adoption. WiMAX is the only wireless standard today that has the ability to deliver true broadband speeds and help make the vision of pervasive connectivity a reality.
There are two main applications of WiMAX today: fixed WiMAX applications are point-to-multipoint enabling broadband access to homes and businesses, whereas mobile WiMAX offers the full mobility of cellular networks at true broadband speeds. Both fixed and mobile applications of WiMAX are engineered to help deliver ubiquitous, high-throughput broadband wireless services at a low cost.
Intel currently plans to integrate WiMAX and WiFi into its notebook platforms based on Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technologies. Pairing the two will help bring users the ultimate in high-speed mobile broadband. Intel believes that WiMAX, with its technical and economic advantages, should help enable mainstream adoption of personal broadband.
Moral of the story – Get a laptop having Intel Centrino Mobile Technology.. 😀
Update : 23 April 2008 – No further development and this project seems to have lost momentum
5 reasons for avoiding satellite TV services in India esp Dish TV
1. Dish TV is a utter crap service handled by a couple of jerks. Their STB’s (set top boxes) are manufactured in China and are of very inferior quality. One of our boxes has gone on a ride
2. Their service is very bad. I dont know any other company which dosent provide TV services even after paying the alloted rent.
3. The dealer and the company have got different opinion about the schemes and number of channel subscription.
4. The movies on demand are of utter crap quality. They are mostly unwatched B or C grade Hindi movies which were thrown out of theaters in the 1 week itself.
5. The customer care is handled by half paid blokes. One of them asked me to do a MASTER RESET and discovered that there is a ‘problem’ in their STB. Whoa….Its like formatting the disk and trying to find the stored data in there…and then saying ‘Oh, there might be a lil’ bug’.
One positive thing about Dish TV is that free-to-air channels can be viewed on the STB, even if monthly rent isent paid on time(this can change soon). However, I dont need to clarify about the media quality of free-to-air channels. Its unspeakable.
I think the TRAI has lost a chance to earn more bribe by leaving out the TV section. Pathetic dogs.
Gosh..Its my blogs 1st birthday today. Happy birthday little blog. 😛
Apple iPhone is todays equivalent example of Sony Walkman of yesterday. Theres no path breaking features that it offers, but apparantly, its PDA and smartphone capabilities(alongwith very good marketting) can help Apple to reach a wide customer base and also it will give comman non technical consumers the chance to learn the Apple way of design and operation. As it is many people just drool over the lean mean Mac, its time to have one in pocket and let the world drool. I would personally take it as a PDA device with the capacities of the Mac OS. Now-a-days many PDA have a crossover as a mobile device and a PDA or a portable handheld. It would have been much better had Mr Jobs introduced it as a iPod+PDA and not a smartphone+PDA..
As far as Indian market is concerned, I think that people will literally do anything to get this fabulous PDA. Reasons of it not used as a smartphone are
1. India dosent have an EDGE capable network as of 11 jan 07.(If theres any, please market yourself more guys. I think former BPL had this, but not clear about it) GPRS is present, but the operators charge it like hell, and a its an example of a paradox that BSNL broadband is much cheaper and affordable then the GPRS provided by blokes like Airtel, Hutch, !dea and the CDMA players like Reliance and Tata Indicom.
2. 3G is absent. My motorazr can take a 2.5G and 3G, but as of now, I dont think that any provider has this facility.
3. Nokia already dominates the hi-end market in India, but it never markets its any smartphone as a PDA. Nor does it offer any features as compared to the iPhone, although their N-series has got some serious multimedia features. Theres pretty tough competition for survival.
The asian market is full of varied diversities. Japan has got its own NTT DoCoMo, India has got WLL, CDMA, GSM, and all are incompaitable with each other. I hope that by the time iPhone reaches Asian market, the final picture will become much clear, and hopefully, the Apple iPhone will give Apple and consumers a great functionality.
Update on June 25, 2008.
Apple iPhone is to be launched in India by Vodafone. To book your iPhone in India, sms IPHONE to 56789. The price of iPhone is expected to be around 25000 + taxes. So get your savings out for this beauty.. 😉
Update on July 11, 2008.
Please check out this link which shows an Apple iPhone in India. According to it, IPhone will be officially available in September 2008.
Update on July 22, 2008.
Update on August 22, 2008
Rejoice, the Apple iPhone to cost Rs 31000/- for 8 GB model and Rs 36000/- for the 16 CG model. Add to it the absence of 3G in India. Enjoy.. 😉
Shares in Apple Computer closed some 8% higher on news that it is launching a touch screen mobile phone, the iPhone.
News of the device – to be used exclusively on the Cingular Wireless network – sent shares in smart phones, iPhone’s competitors, sharply lower.The iPhone, costing from $499 (£257) to $599, will be on sale from June in the US and from October in Europe.The phone with 4 gigabyte (GB) of memory will cost $499 while the higher price is for a model with twice the memory space.
Also at the Macworld event in San Francisco Mr Jobs said that the firm would change its name to simply Apple.
The move to switch from calling the firm Apple Computer to Apple is an indication of the firm’s focus on consumer electronics, Mr Jobs said.
Mr Jobs predicted that in 2008, when the phone will start being available in Asia, the firm could sell 10 million iPhones, equivalent to 1% of today’s yearly mobile phone market.
Competition from other players in Smartphone catagory
Andrew Seibert, of Stewart Capital Advisors, said phone firm Verizon might have to watch out and other manufacturers “may have some problems”.
Analyst Shannon Cross of Soleil Cross Research said the move would lead consumers to “upgrade some of the existing iPods” but more crucially it would cause greater competition for existing smart phones.
Shares in smart phones fell on the news, with Research in Motion – the maker of Blackberry devices, tumbling nearly 8% on the Nasdaq.
“We won’t find out for another six months what real impact (the iPhone) is going to have in the channels,” said Research Capital analyst Nick Agostino.
But after the news the market was reacting to potential stiff competition ahead between Apple and smart phone makers – including Nokia, Motorola and Palm, for high end consumers.
Mr Jobs said: “Most advanced phones are called smart phones. But they are actually not so smart, and really not so easy to use.”
We are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers – iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse
Steve Jobs, chief executive, Apple Computer
Users will be able to play music from iTunes and take photos with the new phone.
“We are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers – and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse,” said Mr Jobs.
The iPhone name is currently owned by Cisco and the firm said it expected to reach an agreement with Apple Computer over the trademark following the announcement by Mr Jobs.
The two firms have been in talks and a Cisco spokesperson said she expected “to receive a signed agreement [on Tuesday]”.By close of trade Apple shares were $7.10 higher at $92.57. AT&T, the firm behind Cingular Wireless, saw its shares add 13 cents, to $33.94.
The full specs:
Screen size: 3.5 inches
Screen resolution: 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
Input method: Multi-touch
Operating system: OS X
Storage: 4GB or 8GB
GSM: Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Wireless data: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
Camera: 2.0 megapixels
Battery: Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing, Up to 16 hours Audio playback
Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches
Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams
Final word – Drool..
Today BSNL announced a launch of a new broadband service codenamed ‘TripleNet’ which will allow users to use the phone, surf the net, and above all, watch the TV on PC.
Phase 1 will include free to air TV channels and Phase 2 will have value added services like games, FM radio, movies on demand and above all – video telephony. Instead of a modem, a set top box will be provided, and cable media will be used as the default connection. However, its unclear whether satellite communication will be used or not.
Pune will be the first city in India where this kind of service will be tested and will be launched for all around Jan 2007. Apart from some technical hitches, BSNL broadband is regarded as an affordable way to get online comparatively fast.
The other exciting thing would be a wirefree connection, and according to some sources, Pune is soon to get Wi-Max too.
Hmm..the future appears bright and connected.
Watching the TV continiously for a few days has made me realize that all the major TV Channels in India have absolutely lost their creative ideas and are hell bent in aping the US reality TV shows and hopelessly trying to ‘indianize’ that version.
Its a shame that these people, who are capable of having a large and good impact on Indian people, are themselves trying to find a readymade solution by doing this. The current live shows – Bigg Boss, [V] Roadies, FameX etc show nothing but absolutely wrong picture of Indian youth and its utterly disgrace to watch the pathetic things that are displayed all over. These programs are portraying – ‘Do anything. Lie, cheat, backstab, gossip, but survive’. However, there are a few entities who ae very happy on these shows. They are – Mobil communication companies, soft drink companies, and apparel companies, media managers, self proclaimed ‘ad-gurus’. Their profits are booming sky high. I lost Rs 5/- for sending one sms to a reality show. Face it – I felt as if I gave it to a roadside begger.
Only the (ruling) government owned Doordarshan is somewhat avoiding this trend, because its the only channel that has a wide reach to the most remotest place in India and is very cautious in preserving its image as a channel for masses. But unfortunately, the quality of content on Doordarshan is unspeakable, ununderstandable and its better to ignore this.
Actually, watching the whole scenario, its clear that private channels are falling short of quality TV content and good old Doordarshan is uninterested in trying something new. The immature private news channels apparently are more obsessed with the concept of ‘breaking news’. For that these blokes can do anything. Almost anything. They can display unwatchable dead bodies, they can display blood, they can have a talk with henious murdarars, they can invite criminals live to their studios, they can have a live coverage of indian prisons, they can have sting operations on people, anything is possible….
I wonder, who can beat the shit out of them?
I think I am a little late on this topic,but anyway…
This is my new Google Co-op Search Engine over here.
Feel free to experiment, but note that it dosent index thousand/million/billion pages. However, it does incorporate nice links and good content for technology/food/linux/Web 2.0 fans and users. And following Googles method, its currently in beta.
Direct link to Semantic Space – http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=004747769890504554559%3Anckzlkyfnc0
There is one Rollyo also, but I think that its less technical.
If by any chance you have encountered this image on some other site for more then 40 seconds, then you know that you are not using Broadband to access that particular site.
Broadband is often called high-speed Internet, because it usually has a high rate of data. In general, any connection to the customer of 256 kbit/s (0.256 Mbit/s) or more is considered broadband Internet. The International Telecommunication Union Standardization Sector (ITU-T) recommendation I.113 has defined broadband as a transmission capacity that is faster than primary rate ISDN, at 1.5 to 2 Mbit/s. The FCC definition of broadband is 200 kbit/s (0.2 Mbit/s) in one direction, and advanced broadband is at least 200 kbit/s in both directions. The OECD has defined broadband as 256 kbit/s in at least one direction and this bit rate is the most common baseline that is marketed as “broadband” around the world. There is no specific bitrate defined by the industry, however, and “broadband” can mean lower-bitrate transmission methods. Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use this to their advantage in marketing lower-bitrate connections as broadband.
In practice, the advertised bandwidth is not always reliably available to the customer; ISPs often allow a greater number of subscribers than their backbone connection can handle, under the assumption that most users will not be using their full connection capacity very frequently. This aggregation strategy works more often than not, so users can typically burst to their full bandwidth most of the time; however, peer-to-peer file sharing systems, often requiring extended durations of high bandwidth, stress these assumptions, and can cause major problems for ISPs who have excessively overbooked their capacity. As takeup for these introductory products increases, telcos are starting to offer higher bit rate services. For existing connections, this most of the time simply involves reconfiguring the existing equipment at each end of the connection.
As the bandwidth delivered to end-users increases, the market expects that video on demand services streamed over the Internet will become more popular, though at the present time such services generally require specialised networks. The data rates on most broadband services still do not suffice to provide good quality video, as MPEG-2 quality video requires about 6 Mbit/s for good results. Adequate video for some purposes becomes possible at lower data rates, with rates of 768 kbit/s and 384 kbit/s used for some video conferencing applications. The MPEG-4 format delivers high-quality video at 2 Mbit/s, at the high end of cable modem and ADSL performance.
India has created a mobile revolution, but now, we are waiting for yet another broadband revolution that will help in faster communication and easy sharing of information at a rapid speed. As time progresses, we will definately feel the need of fast internet access due to following reasons.
1. The paradigm change from ‘fixed’ desktop apps to ‘live’ and usable ‘online widgets. Many sites like Google and Yahoo! have got various useful services and widgets that can be utilized efficiently only on a relatively fast net access. Most importantly, these apps are available at a cost of 0 rs. Money saved is money earned.
2. Conventional media services have proven inefficient and unsufficient to reach the masses, only radios have succeded, but the time taken to do so is very slow and a radio service has got very few VAS. To reach more people at a time and enable to them to have a multiple way of communication is another advantage of broadband. We see that todays media is only a ‘one-way’ information transfer system. You can listen, but you cannot ‘talk’
3. Financial institutes like banks, stock markets, etc will recieve a boost and will enchance their capability.
4. Broadband will also help to spread education and at the same time, will help in reducing the digital divide and economical rift between the various levels of society.
Its very brief, but I think that all readers of this blog will agree that India needs more broadband services as compared with abroad.
Each time I used to log in my Google personalized page, I just couldent used to stop me from wondering – ‘Can I add these rich apps on my blogs too??’
The Google AJAX Search API is designed to make it easier for webmasters and developers to do two things:
- Add a dynamic search box to your site that includes Google Web, Video, News, Maps, and Blog search results.
- Build powerful web apps on top of Google search.
The Google AJAX Search API provides simple web objects that perform inline searches over a number of Google services (Web Search, Local Search, Video Search, Blog Search, and News Search). If your web page is designed to help users create content (e.g. message boards, blogs, etc.), the API is designed to support these activities by allowing them to copy search results directly into their messages.
Long live Web 2.0
There are several reasons for Google to make use of AJAX apps.
1. AJAX apps are very useful in distributed computer systems, where local environment differs from every device. No need of an extra plugin. All programs are run within the browser itself. It adds to some extra security(sort of..)
2. Its very easy to write completely functional apps with local enhancements that can run easyly on demand.
3. The execution and response time of these AJAX apps is very less, thus enhancing productivity.
5. And finally, people like apps that are fast, attractive and work without major trouble and headache. Not many people like to install a Java/Macromedia plugin. This does count at the end of the day.
Thus this is the small step towards Google OS.
Wait and watch..more will follow shortly.
Tommorow is gonna a great day. 298* people. 6 different cities. One competition, One aim – Who is going to be a Google Wordmaster..??
Here I come… 🙂
Because I blog of nothing but mainly of Google and its related technologies, I shouldent worry much. But its scary when someone asks you to write an essay. Theres always a difference between an essay and a blog. 😉
The last time I remember writin’ an essay is my 12th HSC English paper in 2001, where I scored a decent 73%.
But for no reasons it adds pressure when Google asks for its potential impacts on society and blah..blah blah..
Who cares?? Google is good for me. I dunno of the rest of remaining mortals.
- I registered twice and Dad said no to the invitation. So it leaves a total of 300 – 2 == 298 blokes trying hard to reach to the top of glory.
Today I had a nice closer look at . Infact, I must say that it is a nice product, definately a good competition to its paid and bloated counterpart MS Word.
Going by current product releases by Google, it seems that now the paradigm is slowly but surely shifting from offline, desktop based apps to online, Web apps, in which broadband has goot a major role to play. There are many speculation as how the GoogleOS would be like, and even I would like to put in my views.
1. At the core, Google will have a very minimalistic version of OS kernel (either Ubuntu or its own derived from GNU sources)
2. The job of this core will just be limited to setup the screen, perform minor system checks, set local time and after authentication, log on the the main server or the cluster grid to which the computer(in this case a thin client) belongs.
3. HDD will mainly be used as a supportive backup utility and will contain small apps needed for booting and setting up the system.
4. The apps will be similar to the ones like we have seen – Google Writely (for all text processing), Spreadsheets (for all tables), Google Pages, Blogger etc.
All these services will work as a unified collection of tools togather.
5. And the best part of this is that all apps will be free for commercial or personal use. Google will earn its future income mainly through ads, big corporate markets and can even venture into consumer product market like shopping malls etc.
6. The market for distributed computing and apps will be at its best and Google will also get its major share from creating a very economical desktop for developing countries like India, Brazil, China etc. The software will be developed into local languages and this will help in reducing information and digital divide across the globe.
7. Google will create redundant cluster grids that will be deployed in space research, pharmaceutical and drug modelling, SETI, Human genome product etc. Googles search technology will be used to explore gigantic databases.
Now for some challenges to be faced by Google.
1. Issues related to local polictics and Government regulations.
2. Problems related to privacy.
3. Lack of fast broadband facilities in many parts of the world.
(Disclaimer – This post in beta and may be modified by author as per updated information. Commercial use not allowed without permission of author. Can contain wrong spellings and grammatical mistakes, which are natural to be present when posts are written in a quickfire way. BTW, as I said, this post is still in its beta version 😀 Today is incidently Google’s 8th birthday)